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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On the Santa Cruz wharf- not much for ambience but great food at a good price- beer, wine, and cocktails. Lots of people around us ordered all you can eat pasta. We had salsa snapper and a combo basket. Had Cowells Caddy cocktail too. Not great for a romantic dinner - but recommend highly for informal dining.

Thank Tara M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great staff very friendly gives you that small town restaurant feel. Food was great good children's menu. All left full. Recommend for breakfast did not go for lunch or dinner but sure with as good as breakfast was that they are good also

Thank kurt s
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Close to the end of the pier, this is a well located restaurant set amongst a lot of competition. We chose the Char Grilled Halibut, Clam Chowder and Char Grilled Mahi Mahi. This was a great choice with generous sized portions of fish. The clam chowder was good, thick, creamy and rich. Our waitress was excellent, attentive without being too... More 

Thank Xante
Desert Hot Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We strolled the pier two Fridays ago looking for Lunch, just happened upon Gillda's Family restaurant and read the Friday special of Seafood Cioppino. Never had it, so we decide to give it a try. I asked about the name of the place & who is Gilda ? our server informed us that she passed away not too long ago,... More 

Thank Russell A
Shelby Township, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had breakfast here. This place has been here for a long time. Great family restaurant. Food was good. The wharf is dirty and smells of urine but the restaurant is great and clean.

Thank danamc65
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best value and biggest portion of Fish and Chips, complete with Clam Chowder, bread and butter and fresh vegetables included in the price, all freshly cooked to order. Great view from window looking out to sea, watching all the sailing boats. Friendly staff.

Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

always good food, a bit crowded and if you are a larger person, ask for a table with chairs as it is a tight fit in the booths!

Thank Janice K
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We've eaten breakfast here three times on our 5 day stay in SC. After a walk along the wharf to watch the seals, sea otters and dolphins, which we've seen every time, it's a great place for all your breakfast favourites. Hash browns and sausages are my favourite along with a short stack and good coffee. Scrambled eggs and bacon... More 

Thank Crusty1967
Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

We walked the pier trying decide what we wanted to eat. We couldn't pass up the friday special for cioppino. we split the dinner along with a cup of the Manhattan red clam chowder. The cioppino was excellent. Plenty of crab, shrimp and scallops. The clam chowder was a good as well. I would pass on the bread. It doesn't... More 

Thank lisa a
Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

A weekend getaway to the Santa Cruz area always includes a great dinner at Gilda's. The staff is so friendly. They have a full bar and good prices. You can sit in the middle of the restaurant and see the lighthouse on one side and the boardwalk on the other. The Halibut Dinner is our favorite. They have great salads... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-2010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?